So, you want to try your hand at making candles at home. There are several things you will need for this project. Fortunately, candle making supplies can be found at almost any craft store or even online.
First, you will need a supply of candle making wax. This can be found at any craft store or specialty store. It is always best to check the labels to be sure you’re getting the same way you would if you ordered the candle directly from the manufacturer. When purchasing your wax, check the expiration date on it and pick up more than one type so you can have different scents. Most stores that sell wax will have different types of candle making waxes for sale. Some are clear waxes while others are colored.
Next, you will need a supply of candle making wicks. This can be found at any craft store or specialty store. Again, it is best to check the labels to be sure you’re buying the same way you would if you ordered your candles directly from the manufacturer. You’ll also want to purchase some candle making flans.
For your first candle making project, I recommend you start with unscented soy wax. This allows you to melt it down without having the added chemical and scent fragrances. This is also the cheapest type of wax you can buy. Next, you will need a glass jar or container with a lid.
Your homemade candles will only look good if they’re made with quality supplies. To help keep the cost of your supplies down, I recommend buying your supplies in bulk. Once you have your jars of candle making supplies, you can put them into a mason jar, labeled, and tie the top off.
The next thing you will need for making candles is a double boiler. This is a big bulky pot that sits under your kitchen cabinet. It’s the perfect place to heat up your ingredients without the mess and scorching heat of a hot plate. I like to have a small stovetop on hand as well since I often make my own cookies and hot chocolate. You will need a large pan to heat your wax and your mason jar.
Your candles will taste better if you use soy or paraffin wax. If you want a less expensive way to produce your candles, try making your candles out of beeswax or tallow. Both of these products are cheaper than paraffin wax.
Use a good measuring cup and spoon to pour your wax into your mason jar. Add your ingredients and any other waxes you may be using. If you want to add color to your candles, you can add some drops of dye to your mix. Cover the jar with your lid and put it into the oven or stove over propane. The candle will take about an hour to melt, depending on the strength of your ingredients.
When your ingredients are completely cooled, you are ready to begin your quick and easy DIY candle making experience. To make short wicks for candles, cut off about a quarter inch of the end of each wick. Now, lay the wick straight edge against the inside of the mason jar and simply twist the ends of the wick. This will form a smooth, rounded surface for the next step of your quick and easy DIY candle making. Now, take a pair of wire cutters and cut strips of about three inches wide of the end of the wick. You should now have four pieces of wicks, which will form your short wicks for the candles.
Another method for making your candles is to melt some solid wax in a sauce pan then pour the wax mixture into a mold. Let the candle cool and then gently shake the mixture until all of the soap and wax mixture is completely melted. This will create a smooth surface for pouring your essential oils and melting soy wax. Place the candle in an open mason jar and pour in the hot wax mixture.
After your first batch of homemade candles has cooled down, you should allow them to sit for an additional day. This will give the wax a chance to solidify and will ensure that your candles are properly set into the molds. During your second time with your homemade candles, you should use a different kind of wax for your second time around. If you find that your first batch doesn’t work, try switching to a different type of wax and a different type of mold. If after your second time you find that your candles are still not working correctly, you may need to clean out your molds and start over. If you need assistance in cleaning out your jars, a trip to the local craft store may be in order.
When it comes to scented candles, you want to ensure that you create scented candles each time that you make a batch of candles. If you want to create a scent that stays in the air for a long time, then you need to use a high quality fragrance and mold each time that you make a candle-making batch. However, if you only want to scent the candle-making jars, then you can use a lower quality fragrance and mold for each batch. This will help you create scented candles each time without having to purchase a new fragrance altogether. By using these candle making tips, you will have a better experience each time that you make a candle-making batch.